Overarching Concept: Expressing Yourself
Includes Pre K, Preschool, Multi-Age & Bridge Classrooms Ages 32 months to 5 years old
“ Play enables children to create understandings of their world from their own experiences and exerts a strong influence on all aspects of growth and development.” Isenberg and Jalongo
BRIDGE CLASSROOM | Cedar
This classroom offers ages 32 months to 3 years 1 to 5 or 6 teacher/child ratio until all children reach the age of 3 years. When children are 32 mo+ and older the ratio of the group may change to a 2 to 10 teacher/child ratio as they prepare for their transition into the Preschool classroom. All ratios are based on age and group dynamic. This room offers children a little extra time and support in preparation for this transitioning. This room also allows for the teacher and children to continue building relationships while they become familiar with more structure and small group play. Children follow a consistent daily routine and curriculum that promotes growth for all stages of development within a classroom environment. Exploration is planned, guided, and promoted through play so that teachers can incorporate an Emergent Curriculum that follows the interests and investigations presented by children.
Materials are rotated appropriately to support all areas of learning. A primary goal is of teachers is to model and share POSITIVE social-emotional interactions and language with their peers and children. Language skills are built through opportunities of open-ended play within the classroom that support boundaries, independent skills, potty training, gross motor play, nature exploration, and outdoor play.
PRESCHOOL | Maple
MULTI AGE | Oak
PRE K | Beech
These classrooms offer an appropriately challenging curriculum for multiple ages, while placing a child in a classroom environment that best suits their developmental needs. In these classrooms, children ages 3 years to 5 years transition into more social and emotional readiness groups with structured, open ended and challenging environment that are created based on the the classroom culture. Our curriculum base is focused on using a variety of standards which include: Creative curriculum, Emergent curriculum, VT Early Learning Standards, NAEYC standards and Teaching Strategies Gold. Our structured program is specifically designed to promote positive individual and small group learning with independent exploration and a variety of learning materials. Throughout our program, Positive Language Theory is a main focus to guide children as they learn to communicate, negotiate, and problem solve in a positive and respectful way. Teachers also model this theory each day with each other and children in our classrooms to promote positive learning. Children will build fundamental skills in all areas of development through weekly lessons and themes that are influenced by the children’s ideas and discoveries. These learning areas are to involve the connectedness, strengths, and complexity in learning through the practice of skills included in Social and Emotional development, Cognitive, Fine and Gross Motor development, Science, Math, Art, Music, Literacy skills, Social studies, Foreign Languages, and Technology. These learning areas are in addition to all other enrichments offered throughout the school year. Children are assessed throughout the year as teachers record observations and create a portfolio of each child. The findings and information provided by these assessments best guide teachers to create and implement a curriculum that best supports the development, needs, and interest of each child.
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A Typical Day
Each classroom will share their unique schedule witch will include enrichments such as Art, Music and Studio.
Arrival and Explore ( may be outside)
Exploration & Open Snack
Morning Meeting/Small Group
Explore & Open Snack
*All schedules subject to change to meet the needs of children